MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said they found over 200 images of child pornography on his computer.
Richard Couture, 46, of 169 Atkins St., was charged Wednesday with first-degree possession of child pornography.
On Sept. 18, 2018, Meriden police received a tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a possible child pornography investigation. Officers were sent three images that appeared to depict child pornography, along with an IP address, that police traced to Couture, according to Couture’s arrest warrant.
Officers got a search warrant for the Couture’s home on Nov. 19, 2018 and seized his computer, which was sent to the state laboratory to be analyzed. A report issued on May 17 indicated there were 232 images that appear to be child pornography, the warrant said.
When they served the search warrant, Couture told police at one point he began downloading images of child pornography, but stopped because he knew it was wrong and a crime, the warrant said. Couture said about a year or two ago he started downloading the images again.
Couture was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday and released after posting $50,000 bond. The judge continued the case to July 11.